Here are the results with added cyan, green and blue tones.

Step 14

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to sky and only change the midtones values. Here are the setting.
Here are the results.

Step 15

Reduce the brightness of sky using a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer.
Here are the results..

Step 16

Select the mountain 2 layer and clone out the unwanted details from it.To do this, create a new layer above the mountain 2 layer, name it ‘cloning’, and then clip it to the mountain 2 layer (hold alt key and then hover your mouse between the cloning and mountain 2 layer to clip it). Now activate the clone stamp tool by pressing (S) on the keyboard and clone the unwanted details in red circle (use different clone source for better cloning) .
Here are the results after cloning.

Step 17

Reduce the brightness of mountain 2 layer and also add a little bit warm yellow tones to it using a Curves adjustment layer. To do this, add a Curves adjustment layer to the mountain 2 layer as clipping mask (press red button to clip). Set the setting as shown in the image below.
Here are the results

Step 18

Add a Selective Color and Color Balance adjustment layer to mountain 2 layer to add some more warm yellow tones to it. Here are the setting.
Here are the results..

Step 19

Now select the waterfall 2 layer then add the following adjustment layers to it.
Here are the results.

Step 20

Select the ‘Waterfall 2 again’ layer and then reduce it’s brightness using a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layers.

Step 21

On the layer mask of Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer hide the selected effect using a soft round black brush. By hiding the selected effect we’ll able to dark those parts of waterfall which are less illuminated by the light source ( We aiming to create a light source above the waterfall 2 layer).
Here are the results after masking the effect. As you can notice we’ve also maintained lights on those parts of waterfall which are illuminated by the light source.

Step 22

Now start matching it’s color with rest of the scene. Add a Color Balance adjustment layer to “watefall 2 again”.

Step 23

Make a Selective Color adjustment layer to “waterfall 2 again” to match it color with rest of the scene.
Here are the results so far.

Step 24

Select the mountain 1 layer. Add a Selective Color adjustment layer to it. Here are the setting.
Here are the results.

Step 25

Now select the mountain 1 copy layer and then use Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to reduce the saturation.

Step 26

Add also a Selective Color adjustment layer to it.

Step 27

Time for coloring the cliff layer. Select the cliff layer and increase the lightness little bit using Curves adjustment layer. Here are the setting.

Step 28

Add again a Curves adjustment layer to it but this time to reduce the brightness.

Step 29

On the layer mask of Curves adjustment layer hide the selected effect to maintain lights on selected area. By doing this we also darkening those parts which are less illuminated by light source.
Here are the results.

Step 30

Make a Color Balance adjustment layer to cliff layer to match it’s color with the rest of the scene.
Here are the results.

Step 31

Add some more stock to the scene. Place the waterfall 3 image to the main document.

21 thoughts on “Create This Surreal Scene of Waterfall Mountains with Adobe Photoshop”

  1. The link to the sky image is no longer valid but you can still access the image by downloading the completed psd document posted by the author. That should allow you to complete the tutorial :)

  2. I have to agree with the Anonymous comment, While this had many good concepts. I spent 10-11 hours ( Not a Noob to PS CC) and due to you “resizing and mislabeling your layer names caused undue confusion made two separate attempts to complete this tutorial without success. I really appreciate your efforts to learn others learn and applaud your own ability to create, but perhaps more clear instructions than “move it to left a bit after resizing, See picture” since the guide photo made no sense. Neither did the order and naming of the layers in several steps. I spent more time trying to figure out the instructions. Just feedback. Not trying to toll you. Thanks

  3. Wow, I like that you provide all of the files for us to learn with. that makes things so much easier. Once I am done with something like this, I know I can replicate it.

  4. Honestly a bit hard to follow. I feel like the dimensions and scale of the mountain and waterfall photos don’t match up to what is pictured. I spent way too much time trying to match the photos the way they are in the tutorial. I had to stretch some of them, and move even the first one partly off the canvas, which is not mentioned. I got more experience with blending scenic stock photos that I’ll use in the future, but I’m giving up on this tutorial.

    1. The point of a tutorial is not to copy exactly, but vaguely. You’re never going to fully replicate what you see. The idea is to experiment, mess around with it, until you’re satisfied. If you try to make your image an exact copy, you’re going to get very frustrated and it will take a lot longer too. I would suggest messing around with the sizes until you like what you have. Then continue from there.

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